Podcasts are a cultural phenomenon and their popularity isn’t stopping. As of 2018, 44% of the U.S. population had listened to a podcast, and loyal podcast listeners consumed an average of seven shows per week. In fact, more Americans listened to a podcast weekly than watched Sunday Night Football.
Podcasts are so popular because there is something for every interest. They cover a range of topics including art, business, news, kids and family, sports, comedy, tech, or religion. There are also a variety of teaching podcasts geared to educators that can offer daily, weekly, or monthly doses of insight into your profession.
Whether you listen at home, at the gym, during your commute, or during the quiet moments in your classroom before or after school, here are eight of the best educational podcasts you should try out this year.
Truth for Teachers is a weekly podcast with episodes that range from 15–45 minutes long. The podcast is hosted by Angela Watson who says her show speaks life, encouragement, and truth into your mind and heart to get you energized for the week ahead. Recent topics of discussion included flexibility within structure, attracting a diverse faculty, and habits to simplify and automate your life.
This podcast is designed for easy consumption. The five episodes a week last just 10 minutes each, with daily themes that include Motivation Monday, Teach Tool Tuesday, Wildcard Wednesday, Thought Leader Thursday, and 5 Idea Friday. Recent episodes included discussions on classroom management without yelling, helping kids love reading, 3D printing, and play-based learning in middle and high school.
Weekly episodes of this podcast run about 30–45 minutes and provide many opportunities for you to learn from teachers who are in the classroom. This podcast features real-world discussions about today’s classrooms and how to manage, develop, and prosper in the new world of education. Recent topics include teacher self-care, fewer worksheets, and more conversations, and a new teacher crash course.
This podcast offers bite-sized, 10- to 15-minute episodes that you can easily binge. TEDTalks Education shares stories and insights from educators, researchers, and community leaders from around the world. Recent talks included Comics Belong in the Classroom, How We Can Help Hungry Kids, and How I’m Using LEGO to Teach Arabic.
Host Kelli Wise provides transparent talk and tools for living your best teacher life so you can escape the #TeacherTired. Weekly episodes run from 20–45 minutes and touch on topics such as handling toxic co-workers, mastering a mindset for parent-teacher conferences, and what to do when your students are bouncing off the walls.
New episodes of this podcast, which is focused on empowering educators, are released each Monday morning, just in time for your commute. You’ll get a weekly dose of inspiration, professional development, and education best practices. Recent episodes touched on work/life harmony, avoiding burnout, leading with grace, and finding value in the daily grind.
This podcast features short segments pulled from BAM Radio to showcase the best ideas in education. The segments are hosted by executive directors from leading education associations, including NAEYC, PTA, NHSA, and AASA, to name a few. Recent topics of discussion included behavior charts, personalized learning, school safety, and teachers dealing with depression.
This weekly podcast, with episodes that are 30–45 minutes long, provides teachers in K–12 with practical ideas for using Google Suite and other Google tools in their classroom. Recent episodes offered information on Google Expeditions, Google Photos, and GSuite Templates.